Fonds PR4002 - B.C. (Bert) de Kat fonds

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B.C. (Bert) de Kat fonds

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    • 2006 (Creation)

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    0.01 m textual records
    1 photograph

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    (1931-)

    Biographical history

    B.C. “Bert” de Kat was born June 24th, 1931 in Manville, Alberta. His father, Maximiliaan (Max) Willem de Kat was born in Rogodjampi Java (now known as Indonesia) in 1907 to a family of Dutch aristocrats who moved back to Netherlands at the end of the First World War. His mother, Sjike de Boer was born and raised in the northern province of Friesland, Netherlands. The couple were married on April 16th, 1929 in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

    The couple settled on a farm 8 miles west of Minburn, Alberta, where they had their son Bert (1931) and daughter Maxine (1938). In 1940, Max was conscripted to join the Netherlands army in the Second World War. He was deployed oversees until 1942, when he returned to Canada to join the Netherlands barracks in Guelph, Ontario. During this time, the family left the farm in Alberta to be closer to their father in Guelph. The family returned to Alberta when Max was discharged in October 1943. In 1949, Max purchased a local woodworking shop and transformed it into a hardware store that operated as ‘M.W. deKat Hardware’. The family moved from the farm house to the town of Minburn, where they lived above the hardware store.

    In 1949, Bert received his amateur radio license and opened a radio repair business out of his father’s hardware store that he worked at part-time while attending Manville high school. He later went on to work as a transmitter operator with an AM radio station in Edmonton and as an equipment installer with CN communications. He obtained a diploma in electronics technology from the Provincial Institute of Technology and Art (SAIT) in Calgary, Alberta. He eventually went on to form his own company in 1972 called Bio-Tech Co., which provides electrical engineering services in the instrumentation and automatic fields in Troy, Ontario.

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    Bert de Kat donated records to the Provincial Archives of Alberta in 2013.

    Scope and content

    The fonds consist of an autobiography titled "On the Farm - the Early Years" written and published by Bert de Kat in 2006, along with a copied photograph of Maximiliaan de Kat's hardware store dated October 6th, 1949.

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        Permission for use required. Subject to the Copyright Act.

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        Includes accession PR2013.0706.

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